Both teams to score is the standout bet in Sunday’s Spanish Copa del Rey final between Spanish Primera Division title winner Barcelona and UEFA Europa League champion Sevilla.
The Spanish Primera Division and the UEFA Europa League may not have been the respective priorities of Barcelona and Sevilla but at least both Barca and the Red and Whites go into the Spanish Copa del Rey final with a major trophy to show for their efforts. That should enable Barcelona and Sevilla to play without fear in the knockout decider.
Playing with fear is not something that one associates with either Barcelona or Sevilla and the recent history of their rivalry is littered with matches that had goals, goals and more goals. Barcelona and Sevilla have met three times in various competitions this season and those games have ended in a couple of 2-1 Spanish Primera Division home victories and a 4-4 UEFA Super Cup draw that turned into a 5-4 Barca win following extra time. And it not only this term in which Barcelona and Sevilla have featured in high-scoring matches. Each of the last nine games between Barcelona and Sevilla has not featured a clean sheet and that is a sequence that goes back to September 2012. Barcelona’s attacking style has not changed very much during that period and Unai Emery has been Sevilla’s hugely impressive boss since January 2013.
Bookmakers are offering odds of just -278 about Barcelona and Sevilla combining for over two and a half goals in the Spanish Copa del Rey final – that wager would have copped in each of their last nine encounters as well – whereas both sides to score is available at odds of -149 with several companies, including Bet365, Betfred and Totesport.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form data, there is likely to be only one winner of the Spanish Copa del Rey final. Barcelona holds a 17-1-1 Spanish Primera Division collateral form edge over Sevilla, although to the credit of the Red and Whites they did manage to share the spoils against Barca. Unoriginal it may be but Barcelona does deserve Spanish Copa del Rey final favouritism.
Combining Barcelona to win the Spanish Copa del Rey final and both teams to score produces a bet that is trading at odds of +138 with Bet365, BoyleSports and William Hill, while dutching Barcelona 2-1 and Barcelona 3-1 generates a wager with odds of +400 with several bookmakers, including 888Sport, BetVictor and Unibet. One has picked out those scorelines because Sevilla notched more than one goal in just one of its 19 Spanish Primera Division away matches.
Carlos Del Cerro Grande will referee the Spanish Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla. Del Cerro Grande brandished five red cards early in the season but he has demonstrated restraint over the last four months, with his tallies since the middle of January being 46 yellow cards and one red card from 10 games. Those numbers are relatively low for a Spanish whistleblower and they include a Spanish Primera Division derby between Valencia and Villarreal in which he issued only three yellow cards despite reaching that count two minutes before the half-time interval.
Barcelona v Sevilla – Both Teams to Score
Sunday 22nd May, 20:30 GMT